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return to the bay area. seeing some rain outside right now and a lot more to come. we'll talk about that coming up. >> it is slick in spots as you start off this friday morning drive. coming up a check of bay area bridges and mass transit. good morning, it's friday, november 16. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 5:00. and we are going to kick off with weather. we are going to be at the embarcadero at 6:00 as they open up the ice arena. me thinks it might be damp out there. >> we'll need umbrellases right? >> i am so excited for you guys. [ laughter ] >> you better come out with us. >> you will have such a good time. yes. you know what? i think the way it's going to happen, you will be right in the band of rain. you have more rain coming your way. >> excellent! >> we are seeing scattered showers outside this morning but you can see a stronger band off the coastline that's going to be pushing in over the next couple of hours. so the rain is going to be picking up if you are heading out on the commute this morning, it's going to be slick on the roads. we have already seen some of those scattered showers and then there's another band often the coastline but this one is
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going to get things going so high-def doppler radar picking up on the rainfall right now. it's been fairly light but that's about to change as we are going to see that band move onshore. that one will come on this morning, then maybe a break, and scattered showers. just for frank and michelle right here that band is going to come onshore with heavier rainfall and maybe even some thunderstorms. that sounds very exciting! if you are heading out the door, we have mostly cloudy skies and temperatures fairly mild. mainly into the 50s outside in most spots although we have 49 degrees into santa rosa. by the afternoon those highs running into the 60s. elizabeth, don't you wish you could be there with them? it's going to be so much fun. >> perfect ice skating weather. we love it! thanks, lawrence. outside right now, as you mentioned it's still a little slick in some parts of the bay area. here's a live look at westbound 580 coming towards 680 and the dublin interchange not too bad. it's getting a bit busy on this friday morning now that we're past 5:00. drive time only 14 minutes
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between the altamont pass and the dublin interchange. so not too bad so far. eastbound lanes of highway 4 shut down at this hour. you will have to use a detour right there at loveridge. cones get picked up around 5:0. westbound okay. nimitz 880 through oakland a quick trip between hayward and downtown, no delay towards the airport and coliseum. farther south smooth ride past towards milpitas and 237 so the silicon valley commute sof to a nice start. of course, a little wet outside, wetter throughout the day so bart is a good option. all trains including those heading towards downtown san francisco are on time. back to you. >> thank you. some breaking news this morning. hostess says it's going out of business. the maker of cupcakes, twinkies and dingdongs announced the decision in the past hour. it follows a strike by thousands of workers across the country. anne makovec reports from outside a hostess store on san
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leandro. i'm look -- i'm looking on my twitter universe and it's going viral. >> reporter: i got off the phone with hostess and they say it was a difficult decision for the company to make but they did file a motion with the u.s. bankruptcy court to liquidate its assets so the store right here could be one of the last. we could see stores close as early as tuesday is what i'm told. the iconic bakery says they came to the decision after one of its largest unions started a nationwide strike that crippled operations. hostess closed three plants earlier this week and threatened employees they would shut down if they didn't go back to work. workers ignored the threat and now 18,000 workers will be out of a job. >> cupcakes and twinkies and
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the bread, they made good quality stuff, good quality products. we hate to see it come to an end but enough's enough. >> reporter: the union rejected the contract offer from hostess in september. workers say the company stopped paying their pension and they wanted paycuts of almost 25% so they said it was just too much but again, a company said they couldn't keep up with the strikes and workers not going back to work. he noted all baking at all facilities has ceased so there's no more production of any of these products as well as company representative said again hard decision hard to keep up with production. live in san leandro, cate caugiran, cbs 5. a birthday dinner in san francisco led to the arrest of a man wanted for violent crimes in oakland. an off-duty oakland police officer was out on van ness avenue at a steakhouse when he saw a wanted man walk in, recognized him and called oakland police. they worked with san francisco
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police to arrest the man as left the restaurant. he is wanted in connection with some violent crimes. >> shot most of the people in oakland as of late his wife was just a shooting victim in a retaliatory shooting in which she was shot eight times while picking up her kids in oakland a couple of weeks ago. >> oakland police have been working with federal officials trying to find the suspects. others with him were also arrested without incident. berkeley is being sued over a murder in the berkeley hills this past february. the family of peter cukor claims berkeley police were negligent when cukor called about a trespasser at his home. the suit claims police told cukor an officer was on his way when in fact that was not the case. cukor was killed with a flower pot. the suspect was arrested. police are looking for an armed intruder who terrorized two women in san rafael. investigators say the man entered the playa del rey apartment with a knife on tuesday night as the 18- and 19-
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year-old roommates were watching tv. the intruder ended up in a physical strug with one. women and police say one of them stabbed him. he is described as 5'6" hispanic in his early 20s with skin irregularities on the face. some other bay area headlines on this friday the couple accused of murdering a hercules woman in her home is expected to enter a plea in court. darnell and tania washington are accused of killing 55-year- old susie ko on october 5 and then stealing her car. the hearing is this afternoon in richmond. and test results are delayed on whether a bone found earlier this year is that of michaela garecht. a bone fragment was found in linden last february in san joaquin county but test results won't be known for weeks because of turnaround time for labs in arizona and here in the bay area. a potential temporary break today in the attacks in the middle east. israel is offering to suspend the offensive in the gaza strip
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as egypt's prime minister pays a brief visit to the region. but fighting between the israelis and palestinians has been escalating. dozens of missiles exploded in gaza city early this morning. they are targeting more than 100 sites that israel says hamas uses to fire rockets at israel. each side says the other is the oppressor. >> thrillly government is not a government of peace. it's a government of war. palestinian health officials say the recent attacks have killed at least 19 people in gaza. israeli officials say three of their people have died. 5:07. former cia director david petreaus is on capitol hill today where he will testify before a congressional committee about september's deadly consulate attack in libya. susan mcginnis joins us now from washington to explain exactly what's happening today. susan, good morning. >> reporter: hi, good morning, frank. petraeus is here in the first of two hearings. he snuck into the first one
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without being seen by the press. lawmakers are already questioning him. they may be tempted it talk about the sex scandal but the focus is benghazi. they believe that petraeus has information about what happened there that no one else does. reporter: former cia director david petraeus is headed to capitol hill this morning to talk about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. congressional leaders say he has a unique insight into the attack. >> director petraeus went to tripoli and interviewed many of the people as i understand it that were involved. >> reporter: house and senate intelligence committee members spent thursday interviewing top military and intelligence officials. they were also shown a video taken from surveillance cameras from the consulate and from drones flying overhead. >> it does begin from when the incident --before the incident started and goes through the incident and the exodus. >> reporter: but as thorough as thursday's briefing was, members still have a lot of questions. >> we're going to continue to work to get those answers. >> reporter: and there's new information out of thursday's
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congressional hearings. lawmakers say the cia confirmed to them susan rice was told spontaneous protests over an anti-islam film sparked the attack. >> we do not have information at present -- >> reporter: rice was given the information as part of an unclassified briefing before she appeared on sunday morning talk shows five days after the attack. >> that unclassified version turned out to be inaccurate as we found out later. >> reporter: several republican senators are threatening to block rice from become the next secretary of state because of her assertions the attack didn't appear to be pre- planned. now, today's two hearings with petraeus are considered critical to this investigation. but frank, we hear there are at least three more coming after today. >> well, susan, like you said, i would imagine that the petraeus sex scandal will have to come up. are there any new developments
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on that front? >> reporter: the cia has opened an exploratory investigation into petraeus's general behavior. they want to know if he used his job to facilitate the affair, using private jets and accommodations to facilitate the affair and then of course the investigation continuing into his girlfriend paula broadwell into how she got classified information. >> will it be public is this will we be able to watch these, or is it private? >> reporter: most of these are private but we will certainly be hearing and asking questions about them. >> susan mcginnis live in washington, thank you. time now 5:10. a tragic train collision what a preliminary report says about a deadly accident involving wounded veterans. >> plus losing its luster, the latest troubles for apple stock coming up. >> freefalling felines are stirring up some controversy. the insurance ad that is making fur fly. ,,,,,,,,
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cruel. more than 300,000 people have watched this youtube video of a skydiving cat. art kelly is singing his song. it's by a swedish company trying to sell pet insurance. five cats starred in this web ad but they never left the studio. cameras shot humans jumping out of planes and replaced them with cats through the magic of green screen. so a lot of people are upset about it. >> i know. just let it go. it's all in good fun and the cats are fine. >> they did not throw them out of the plane. >> yeah. how would walter feel about this liz? >> i don't think walter would meet the weight limit for skydiving. [ laughter ] >> he is a little chunkier. outside right now, let's tank you out to the roads. we are just getting word of a bad problem sounds like involving a big rig, six to seven other vehicles. this is out in emeryville. so it's a large truck, some kind of garbage truck, blocking apparently two lanes right now in emeryville approaching powell street and then 6 to 7 other cars on the right-hand shoulder. they must have hit an object
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that fell off the truck. we could be seeing big problems in emeryville. we'll continue to follow that area down the eastshore freeway. in the meantime, it is slick outside so be extra careful this morning. this is what it looks like crossing the golden gate bridge. southbound 101 doesn't look like there's much of a delay to the drive time. they have finally finished the lane changes so now there's more lanes open towards doyle drive. and a quick look out towards silicon valley westbound 237 free and clear this morning leaving milpitas heading towards san jose. and a quick check in with mass transit. when it's slick like this, good idea to use mass transit. everything is on time. we'll continue to keep you updated about that accident in emeryville. that's "timesaver traffic." for more on the our wet forecast, rain's acomin', here's lawrence. >> already seeing showers around the bay area but it's going to be picking up throughout the morning hours. we have a good cell that's now just off the coastline beginning to move onshore in parts of the bay area. you can see the yellow and orange out there right now.
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let's get you in for a closer looking an long the peninsula. more of that rain will be picking up throughout the commute hours this morning so be careful on the roads. then we may catch a little bit of a break with more rain to come. out the door cloudy skies, showers already, temperatures in the 50s this afternoon, we are going to see a lot of clouds on-and-off rain throughout the day today even isolated thunderstorms into the evening hours. temperatures will be in the 60s. so the storm door has opened up, a wet weather pattern setting up for the weekend although it doesn't look like it's going to be a rainout the way the storms are timing out. here's the first one. we have a band moving onshore right now maybe a brief break scattered showers in between. and then a stronger band moving in later on this evening and overnight tonight. so the rain will be picking up then and then there's another one that's moving in late saturday. so here we go. we'll time it out. this morning scattered showers out there but pick up in the morning hours and then into the evening it looks like we could see some heavier downpours rotating in the bay area and
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that's a possibility of thunderstorms too. scattered showers overnight tonight. then most of saturday chance of off-and-on showers and then the next cold front comes in 9:00 in the evening in the north bay and spreads throughout the bay area overnight on saturday so sunday doesn't look like a rainout either although we could see a couple of scattered showers throughout the day. with that in mind, we are going to see a good dose of rain here as we are going to see rain levels maybe 1.5" plus in the santa cruz mountains with a system moving by. overall maybe 2-plus inches in some parts of the mountains. so nice little soaking from storms rolling through the next couple of days. temperatures in the 60s today. next couple of days, showers in the forecast on saturday. sunday doesn't look too bad we may see more rain overnight saturday into early sunday morning. then drying out on sunday. doesn't look too bad on monday, north bay rain showers, unsettled into wednesday. back to you. 4 people died in a tragic
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crash in west texas when the parade float got stuck on train tracks. it was carrying wounded veterans and spouses through the streets of midland, texas. >> i saw the truck crossing the tracks about halfway across, the gate started coming down. the truck tried to blow its horn it get the people in front of him out of the way. the gates actually hit the first people on the trailer. >> 17 other people were injured. a preliminary investigation shows the crossing gate and the lights were working at the time. president obama and congressional leaders are ready to meet today to talk about how to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." the series of tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in january 1 if the house and senate cannot come up with a budget agreement. the main issue dividing democrats and republicans is whether the wealthiest americans should pay a bigger share of taxes.
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the federal housing administration says it has exhausted its reserves and will have to take a new round of measures to shore up its finances. the fha doesn't make loans but backs up lenders if borrowers stop paying. the agency is expected to tell congress today that its capital cushion fell to minus $16 billion in 2012. now a taxpayer bailout is possible. 5:19. apple stock isn't worth a half trillion dollars anier mo. shares dropped 2% on wall street dropping the total amount of apple stock to under $500 billion for the first time since mid-may. shares are down since issues with the company but they are certainly selling product. a neighborhood backlash means a convenience storm will not be opening as planned on the peninsula. the issue, a 7-eleven store in a residential area of san mateo. residents don't want a 7-eleven store to open where a family
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owned italian deli once stood zoned residential. san mateo officials okayed the 7-eleven. neighbors took their complaints to the city council. >> this is the kind of crime that's going to come into the neighborhood. it's only going to get worse with people who don't have any regard for the neighborhood. >> opponents point to crime at other 7-eleven locations. the council voted unanimously to have more hearings before allowing the store to opener. its owners are open. the owners are threatening to sue. these doughnuts are not filled with everyday custard. the ingredients that may have you saying bottoms up before you take a bite. of farmers who made cheese; the keepers of the loafs. the people who will never lower the bar. our world started in deep green grass and rain and the hills and the waves and the big, tall trees
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♪ dear santa, i want a ballerina tutu, a pink bike, a unicorn night-light... [ female announcer ] this year, bring their wish list to life. [ girl ] ...princess doll, markers... hi-def doppler radar is busy today! we have storm clouds gathering outside. we have some rain now just picking up into san francisco and daly city and plenty more to come of the we'll talk about that coming up. >> woo a traffic alert in emeryville. westbound lanes of 80 several lanes are blocked off big rig accident approaching powell street causing major delays. we have a traffic alert in emeryville. more "timesaver traffic" coming up. thanks. you can call him mv-posey. san francisco giants catcher buster posey is the national league's most valuable player. he is the first catcher to win
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the award since johnny bench of the big red machine in 1972. posey was the national league's batting champ this year and the comeback player of the year following his ankle injury from last year. and two world series rings in his first three years behind the plate. he is a stud. >> 49ers head coach jim harbaugh is expected back at the team facility today. he went to the hospital because he felt sick wednesday and doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat. had a minor procedure at stanford hospital yesterday and should be coaching the team on monday night against the bears. play of the day a 75-75 tie four seconds left umass williams missed the potential game winner but teammate terrell vincent tipped it in. ballgame! umass defeated providence 77-75 in puerto rico, your play of
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the day. >> all new england game the . a bakery in chicago is adding alcohol to doughnut fillings for adults only. >> delightful pastries is producing so-called drunken doughnuts. they are being sold for $3 apiece. the recipe calls for fillings with a little buzz. customers love the boozy doughnuts but now it's not clear if they risk a ticket for driving with an open container of the pastries. >> good question. >> take them home. >> i just have some doughnuts. maple doughnuts. >> take them home and enjoy. >> wonder why lawrence brought in a dozen. >> did he? >> oh? >> we'll be eating those later. >> check out weather momentarily. 5:26. stock up on dingdongs, ho ho's and twinkies. >> reporter: the company is calling it quits. how the spokesperson said the company came to the decision and how many workers will be out of a job. >> plus a big bust for oakland police. a chance encounter at a
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steakhouse that landed a wanted gang leader in cuffs. >> and greek life on hold in one of california's big party schools. the drastic response to a student's death here in northern california. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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>> the guy said zoom! >> public to prowling. ed cease-fire broken. >> israel is ready to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people. >> as conflict spills on the streets of the bay area. >> palestine will be free! >> if you want an honest investigation of this tragedy, we will join you.
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>> former cia director david petraeus heads to capitol hill. >> we'll continue to work to et get answers. >> a notorious violent criminal taken down at a bay area steakhouse. >> this guy had no idea what kind of price he would be paying when he came here for dinner. >> the bakery giant behind twinkies and wonder bread gave striking workers an ultimatum. >> this will affect 18,000 employees. >> from across the bay -- >> this is going to slowly work its way toward the bay area throughout the day today. >> -- to around the world. >> eight to ten seconds later the train blew through the end of the trailer. >> -- the stories that matter on "eyewitness news this morning." ♪ [ music ] ♪ i believe i can fly good morning, it's friday, november 16. i'm michelle griego. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it is friday. good to have you with us. 5:30. better grab the umbrella. about 6:00 tonight michelle and i are going to be at the embarcadero opening up the ice skating arena and guess what -- >> i think we're going to have
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rain. >> boy, the timing couldn't work out better for you guys tonight for the ice rink. [ laughter ] >> that's what i'm here for, keep you happy. >> thanks for the sympathy. showers picking up outside this morning. you see a stronger band just off the coastline. that is going to be pushing onshore very shortly. so things will be picking up throughout the morning hours so you can see some brief downpours so be careful if you are headed outside today for the commute, looks very wet. interestingly enough, maybe a slight break and then getting heavy for the commute on the way home. all right. we have one band making its way onshore right now then a brief break in between. right here embedded thunderstorms could come onshore in time for the evening commute. temperatures right now 40s and 50s mostly cloudy skies and some scattered light showers by the afternoon. i think the rain picks up again probably going to be heavier as the core of the low begins to move onshore temperatures in the 60s, more rain expected over the weekend. >> unfortunately, we are already starting to get busy in the traffic department of just
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in the last few minutes so we still have this traffic alert in effect the large big rig hauling garbage. now blocking up to three lanes of traffic in emeryville. westbound 80 by powell street and apparently it knocked off some sort of large metal object giving 6 to 7 other cars in the area flat tires. off on the right-hand shoulder. delays in berkeley, 20 minutes and growing on westbound 80 from the carquinez bridge to the maze. bay bridge word of a crash on the upper deck. there was a stall reported. now it's turned into a crash four to five cars involved on the approach to treasure island. no metering lights no big delays yet approaching the pay gates just a heads up it's going to be a tight squeeze up the incline. we'll have more "timesaver traffic" coming up. back to you guys. new this morning a company that makes twinkies, wonder bread ho ho's and dingdongs said this morning it's going out of business. texas-based hostess announced the decision less than 90 minutes ago in response to a
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strike from its workers. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran outside a hostess store in san leandro. is there any hope or is this a done deal? >> actually i was on the phone with a hostess representative and he says this really is a done deal and this means 18,000 employees effectively are out of a job and all baking at hostess facilities has stopped. the company just said that they couldn't keep up with the demand with so many workers off the job. hostess reps say it's the largest -- it was its largest union nationwide strike that crippled operations. the company filed for bankruptcy for the second time and they argue that worker needed to make concessions in order to improve the financial situation. workers wouldn't back down. hostess' largest union rejected a contract offer it made in september. workers said the iconic bakery wanted too much. >> he didn't seem to be scared.
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>> i need to fight for my rights. i need to support my family. >> reporter: hostess tells us they filed the motion with the u.s. bankruptcy court just this morning and a hearing is scheduled for monday morning. once granted, hostess spokesman says the stores will shut down immediately. we could see stores like this in front of you close as early as tuesday. the shelves are already empty here. now, i asked hostess if it was a possibility for another company to buy out these bakeries and continue the brand, frank and michelle, and they said no. at this point it doesn't seem like there is hope for it. so if you are a hostess fan, stock up right now. live in san leandro, cate caugiran, cbs 5. thank you. 5:34 now. at the right place apparently at the right time a police officer nabbing a suspected oakland gang leader. the place was a steakhouse on van ness in san francisco where the off-duty oakland officer recognized a suspect when he
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walked into the restaurant. >> an alert officer who was off duty tonight at ruth's chris saw the entourage walk into the restaurant. notified the police department and we got our officers at san francisco police department put together a tactical plan to arrest him when he came out of the restaurant. >> the man and the people with him were arrested without incident. he is facing a number of charges related to shootings and burglaries in oakland. israel has offered to suspend its offensive in the gaza strip following a deadly day of rocket attacks. dozens of missiles exploded in gaza city early this morning. they targeted more than 100 sites that israel says hamas uses to fire rockets at israel. each side says the other is the oppressor. >> we don't want war, but the arab people all the time
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shooting israel. >> the recent attacks have killed at least 19 people in gaza. three people were killed in israel today. palestine will be free! >> the angry conflict spilled into the streets of san francisco last night with dueling protests outside the israeli consulate. a small contingent came out in support of israel but a larger pro-palestinian group drowned out the shouts condemning the ongoing attacks on gaza. former cia director petraeus arrived on capitol hill just a short time ago to field questions from lawmakers about this september attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. he is testifying behind closed doors before both the house and the senate intelligence committees. some republicans claim the white house deliberately misled the public on what led to the violence. >> we're going to continue to work to get those answers. >> meanwhile lawmakers say the cia confirmed to them that susan rice the u.s. ambassador
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to the united nations was told that spontaneous protest over an anti-islam film sparked the attacks. meanwhile petraeus is still under investigation by the cia after his resignation over an extramarital affair. fbi officials have already said their investigation has not turned up any threat to national security. san francisco's sheriff says he wouldn't give up department oversight over domestic violence programs. in a letter obtained by the "san francisco chronicle," ross mirkarimi says he is confident that he doesn't face any conflict of interest. that's after mirkarimi got into a fight with his wife on new year's eve and bruised her arm. now he is on probation for a misdemeanor. and coming up at 6:45, cbs 5 political insider phil matier will sit down with the sheriff for a one-on-one conversation. the president of chico state has us is spended all greek activities -- suspended all greek activities on campus after a series of problems with underaged drinking, hazing and fights. the latest, the death of mason
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sumnicht who was pledging a fraternity. the university says he tried to take 21 shots for his 21st birthday. mason from the san diego area suffered brain damage and died yesterday. >> mason's loss has enabled me to provide a wake-up call for everyone. >> shutting down the greek system is shutting down philanthropic activities. >> eight years ago after the hazing death of a student from concord, the campus president warned students there would be no second chance. fraternities and sororities may be able to apply for reinstatement in the spring. 5:38. neighborhood backlash is prompting a second look at a proposed convenience store on the peninsula. the issue here is the 7-eleven store that was planned in a residential area of san mateo. protestors picketed outside the building where a family-owned italian deli closed in 2010. the rest of the neighborhood is zoned for residential use. but san mateo officials okayed
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a 7-eleven for that building. that of course upset neighbors, who took their complaints to the city council. >> we were told by the developers, oh, we're just going to put in another little market. they lied to us! they knew all along it was going to be a 7-eleven. >> opponents of the store showed picture of problems at other 7-elevens including crimes and loitering. council voted 4-0 to have more hearings before allowing the store to opener. the owners are threatening to sue. time now 5:39. a new surprise in that box of crackerjacks. the extra jolt coming to the popular snack. >> and slowing down the high- speed rail project. the change in the timeline for california's bullet train construction. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the well, surveillance cameras are giving us a new look at flooding from hurricane sandy. this video shows water literally pouring into the path commuter rail station in hoboken, new jersey. >> yes, indeed. cameras captured the water flow on october 29th from several angles including the upper and lower elevators. look at that. just a mess. as well as the station platform and track areas. it's going to take weeks if not months to get that all figured out, i would imagine. >> it is. stock futures indicate this could be a fourth straight day of losses on wall street.
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and here to chat about that ashley morrison of cbsmoneywatch.com joins us on a friday. we love friday. >> reporter: yes, we certainly do. good morning, frank and michelle and happy friday to everyone. continued concerns about the "fiscal cliff" in the u.s. slowed down stocks in asia this morning. hong kong's hang seng was up a fraction while tokyo's nikkei bucks the trend with a rally adding more than 2%. wall street a third consecutive decline with weak forecasts and higher unemployment claims. on thursday dow down 28, nasdaq down 9. president obama is meeting with congressional leaders today to discuss the so-called "fiscal cliff." the president is also meeting with 13 heads of civil rights groups to discuss his negotiations with congress to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts that are set to go into effect on january 1. obama wants tax increases on the wealthy but many republicans say they will not accept higher tax rates. and the red ink gets deeper
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for the financially troubled u.s. postal service. the agency reported a record loss of almost $16 billion for the fiscal year that ended on september 30. the postal service is not taxpayer-funded. it blames much of the problems on congress for forcing it to pay a fund for future retiree health benefits. you know, $16 billion, that's a big loss for them. we know they have been struggling but not getting any better. >> not at all. >> doesn't sound like it. ashley, i have to tell you that frank bought himself an early christmas present. just got it in the mail yesterday? >> i got it yesterday. it's the new iphone 5 and i love it. i just can't see it because i can't really see very well. [ laughter ] but they're great. >> reporter: good for you! and that's true. smartphones are expected to be playing a much bigger role this holiday shopping season although, frank, think you got a little jump on it there. "usa today" reports retailers are making increased use of smartphones and other technology. the point is to get consumers to buy in the store though and
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not online, although that is much more convenient. they will be doing it by offering discounts and other incentives, all with an app. there's an app for everything. i need an app that will do my grocery shopping. >> frank didn't want to wait in line so he went online. >> i had to wait three weeks to get it but that's the best way to do it and then you have to go to the store to activate it. but all good. all good. i highly recommend it. i'm active. i just can't read it. >> ashley morrison of cbsmoneywatch.com, thank you. >> how do you make the font bigger? >> lawrence i think we need to get him som glasses. >> you can go to cbssf.com and look at our weather right there, high-def doppler radar on your -- well, you can't see it so maybe not, frank. [ laughter ] >> i have to go now. [ laughter ] >> we have showers to start out the day in the bay area. even the high-def doppler radar is big enough for you! you can see the yellows and orange off the coast that's
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going to be moving onshore throughout the morning hours. so it's already beginning to affect parts of san francisco and into daly city some rainfall moving in these areas. you're going to see downpours this morning for the commute. be very careful traveling today and the way it's working out kind of tapering off a little bit in between the system and then it looks like this evening coming roaring back onshore. so this morning, we are starting out with cloudy skies, showers outside right now. as we look toward the afternoon hours, temperatures only in the 60s. rain is going to be off and on throughout the day but again, i think by the evening hours it's picking up as another band of moisture moves onshore. the possibility of some isolated thunderstorms too. here we'll try and put it together. we have the wet pattern on the west coast well to the south now. one band onshore now but this band off the coastline will be moving in this evening embedded in there probably heavier storms and even some thunderstorms. now, what's interesting after this though is we have another system dropping right out of the gulf of alaska. this is a stronger one that's going to drop in bringing us more rainfall. speaking of rain, how about
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this? into the santa cruz mountains more of a southerly component 1.5" there. and next system a couple of inches of rainfall possible in the bay area and near an inch into san francisco. so that's a good soaking as we head throughout the weekend. still not a total washout but be careful especially heading into the high country. we are expecting some rain with this first one, snow levels going to be fairly high but winter weather advisories going up at about 7,000 feet or so so watch out for that especially saturday. then a colder storm moves in, winter storm watch that snow level going to drop saturday night into sunday. snow levels six to seven thousand feet. temperatures around the bay area today, mainly in the 60s for the weekend. not a complete washout. we'll expect showers, keep that umbrella handy saturday. heaviest rain saturday night into sunday. most of sunday passing clouds maybe an occasional shower then that rain line is going to shift a little further to the north elizabeth, but still a chance of showers, unsettled weather next week.
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>> thank you. the slick roads are already causing bad problems on the roads already this morning. so it's a busy friday morning commute. we'll start off with a live look over at the bay bridge. they had to turn the metering lights on. look at that traffic heading up the incline. there's an accident involving five cars on the upper deck of the bay bridge right before the "s" curve so it's slow. it's stacking up already behind the pay gates. they turned the metering lights on, gosh, about a half hour earlier than typical so if you usually commute the bay bridge and are expecting "friday light" traffic, think again. it was actually a stalled-out car several other cars hitting it. that caused a ripple effect. so this is going to take a while to clear. you may want to consider bart or the san mateo bridge this morning. let's go back to our maps. we're also watching a problem on the approach to the bay bridge. actually in emeryville, westbound 80 by powell street this is an accident involving a large big rig. still blocking up to three lanes. so they did issue a traffic alert in that area. several cars actually more than several eight cars in fact struck some sort of metal
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debris and so they are off to the right-hand shoulder. they got flat tires. so unfortunately, we're already seeing pretty good sized delays coming down the eastshore freeway. sounds like it's stacked up to university and growing. this is the drive time right now. 23 minutes on westbound 80 from the carquinez bridge to the maze. so once again the problem of the slick roads, this is a live look at the golden gate bridge where this flow of traffic actually looks good from marin to doyle drive. all mass transit is all on time. traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. back to you guys. federal investigators are heading to west texas where a freight train slammed into a parade float that was carrying wounded military veterans. four people were killed. the accident happened as the wounded warriors were taking part in a parade through the city of midland, texas. at least one witness says the float got struck on the tracks. 17 other people were injured. a preliminary investigation shows the crossing gate and the lights were working at the time. it's going to be a little
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longer before the first section of high-speed rail track is finished. the rail authority added 12 months to its construction schedule. that pushes the completion date back to the end of 2017. the authority's chief executive says the new timetable will allow contractors to use less overtime. he also says the segment will be built within its $6 billion budget. bart is looking into the future and seeing the need for more trains. bart recently bought 775 train cars for $2.5 billion. but it expects to need 880 cars in the near future to accommodate 500,000 passengers a day. the price tag for that is not known at this time. but bart's director says it's a lot of money and -- [ laughter ] >> -- it's a big problem. >> a lot of money. >> yeah. 5:50. so what do you get when you cross crackerjacks with red bull? a new fangled treat that's got a lot of people talking. >> i imagine. >> and a paperboy who finds himself in quite the predicament. his scary encounter with an
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thanksgiving meal all right. the rain is back! it looks like more showers will be picking up throughout the morning hours. watch out, it is going to be a wet and wild commute. more on that coming up. >> a problem at the bay bridge. >> liz, we'll get back to you in a moment. it is 5:53. some bay area families might be missing out on a thanksgiving meal this year. the holiday is less than a week away but san francisco and the marin food banks are still short more than 1700 turkeys. they are only halfway to meeting their goal of feeding some 35,000 families and now they are turning to the community for some help. >> we need them to shop and bring a turkey to the food bank, make a donation online so
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that we can purchase turkeys. give us the money we need to make sure that these families have a special holiday meal. >> the food bank plans to distribute more than a million pounds of food this thanksgiving. and if you would like to help out with thanksgiving turkeys or donate this holiday season, you can donate at any whole foods market or go to our website, cbssf.com/food. a popular snack is adding an extra punch. frito-lay says it's coming out with new versions of crackerjacks that come with coffee. the two ounce serves will have nearly as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and the company says the so-called power bites will not be marketed to children but the center for science in the public interest is worried about the children being attracted to a product known for having a toy surprise. >> they are putting caffeine in everything. >> in everything nowadays. >> too much. >> i know. here's a story. a
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real-life baltimore chased a boy up a tree. >> the black goat's owners say he is a good lawnmower but this week, he got off his chain and he ran away and a 14-year-old on his morning paper route said "baltimore" headbuttedded him off his bike. he climbed a tree to get away and now his friends won't let him forget that. >> it's like everybody they are all hay, goat boy. i'm like hey, guys. were are you scared of goats? that was a freaky goat i think it's possessed or something. >> police were called in when he didn't come home from his route and found him up the truth and baltimore down below. they got the goat cornered got the boy down and i think he may have nibbled on some of his papers, too. >> a freaky goat. >> like it. time to lace up your skates and head to the ice as local outdoor rinks are opening for the season. >> yes. one unique venue is in san jose where downtown ice sits among the circle of palms at fairmont plaza. downtown ice opens at 5 p.m.
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this afternoon and set to run through january 13. olympic skating legend kristi yamaguchi will be there for the official opening ceremony next friday. and another ice rink has already opened for the season at san francisco embarcadero center. >> this one is scheduled to run through january 6 at the justin herman plaza. if you only knew what our weatherman was doing right now. [ laughter ] >> we'll be out there rain or shine at 6:00. we'll emcee the event. we have skaters and all kinds of stuff. >> we are hoping lots of people show up even in the rain, bring the umbrella, the raincoats. you'll be fine. have some performers and special guests. >> maybe lawrence karnow will do a tripling sow cow. [ laughter ] in the next half hour a violent oakland suspect taken off the streets in an unusual way. the chance encounter at a bay area steakhouse coming up. >> general petraeus in the hot seat. the ex-cia director makes his first appearance since the sex scandal what we could learn
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about the consulate attack in libya. >> and we're live in san leandro where hostess stores like this could cease to exist after the iconic bakery decides to call it quits. coming up we'll hear from a company representative on the difficult decision. ,,,,,,
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